FERRIGNO DYCKE--Marjorie (nee Platt) 97 years old of Flushing, NY died November 15, 2013. Marjorie was an educator. Founding chairman, Drama Department, School of Performing Arts, NYC (the school was the originator of the term, "performing arts"). Past President of the American Educational Theatre Association which represented all non-professional theatre in the U.S. (1962); Former Secretary and Executive Committee member of the American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA); member of the National Council on the Arts and Government (NCAG) which worked with Senator Jacob Javits to develop legislation to establish a National Cultural Center which became Kennedy Center on the death of JFK; consultant to the Governor's School (Governor Terry Sanford) at Winston-Salem which became The North Carolina School of the Arts. Marjorie taught Speech courses at Hunter College, Teachers College - Columbia University, New York University, York College (NYC), Queens College Continuing Education Department. Chairman, North Shore Branch of League of Woman Voters, NYC; steering committee member, Economic Development Committee, LWVNYC. Founding member (1964) and Past President of Broadway-Flushing Homeowners' Association, Inc. which won a landmark court case to enforce a restrictive covenant, and led to a rezoning of part of Northern Boulevard; helped BFHA achieve National and State Historic Preservation District status; member of Queens Borough President Claire Shulman's Zoning Task Force. Listed in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who of American Theatre. Directory of American Scholars. Marjorie was predeceased by her inseparable husband, Nicholas Ferrigno in 2010 after 55 years of marriage. She was a devoted sister to Janice Platt Johnson. Aunt Marge was adored by her nieces and nephews, Linda (Baldo) Forte, Henry Caltabiano, Susan (John) Archer, Charles Ferrigno, Maggie Clarke, along with their children and grandchildren. Following cremation, interment will be at Flushing Cemetery. A brief Memorial will be planned with happy memories to be shared of a truly remarkable and unforgettable woman on December 10, 2013 at 10am at the Flushing Cemetery Chapel.
Published in The New York Times on Dec. 2, 2013